Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 385920


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Sandra Bullock as Jean Cabot
Brendan Fraser as Rick Cabot
William Fichtner as Flanagan
Michael Peña as Daniel
863.76 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 52 min
P/S 7 / 79

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by theVHSrocks 5 / 10

Message: Racism is a complex issue...

I can't say that upon viewing Crash I was of a completely open mind. I had read criticism, both positive and negative with it, and the movie had won the Oscar for Best Picture. I can say, though, that I was ready to expect it to either be very good, good, or not so good. It was not so good, but with elements that were both good and very good.

Crash is the kind of idea that can go sour or work. It is a Magnolia-esquire series of interplaying vignettes, of which the primary focus and theme is racism. It can work, if the director chose to, while focusing on racism, allow a human story to be the main focus and transcending feature. Honestly, racism isn't that interesting on its own, as a constant focus.

However, the movie makes the cardinal flaw of keeping to racism a constant focus with the human story in the background, at least in terms of the way it feels. The characters talk, and they show affection but with a few exceptions (which make up some of the most memorable quiet scenes), their words almost always are about racism in some direct or indirect way. Such as, most blatantly, the articulate gangbanger, who can't help but always philosophize on racial issues. This however was interesting, purely in a pop-conversation way, with the real problem being that the vast majority of the other characters, talk about race in a similar way (based on their context) only not in a Tarantino-like jaunt. The movie is filmed like a character drama of true human context, and so we don't want to see race being the purpose of every conversation, particularly those of more human characters like a Black TV Writer and Assistant DA, who just talk about a singular issue in virtually every single situation they are in.

This is the greatest flaw of the film, but it is not the only significant one. The film is too short, and characters, especially interesting ones like the complex and bigoted cop or the caring father of a locksmith (the one major character who almost completely avoids the issue of race and thus has the best scenes), come off as either underdeveloped or under-seen because we love them so much. This is expounded because the movie relies on coda scenes to wrap up the stories, and a few them, simply do not work. The characters are too underdeveloped for these to have an impact. The final third of the movie also seems to comprised entirely of this, so it gets tiresome, when it feels like the movie just had an "end movie on this note" scene literally 10 times prior to the current scene that also feels like an "end movie on this note" scene.

However, there is good in the movie. The film, although it can be tiresome and its structural flaws are apparent, never really becomes painful or devoid of entertainment. There are enough interesting elements and good scenes to make the movie a decent viewing experience, however not a particularly worthwhile, satisfying, or greatly entertaining one.

Reviewed by botfeeder 8 / 10

what to make of it?

The acting was superb, the story was impeccably woven.

People tend to either love or hate this movie.

Some of the criticisms I have seen:

1). Lack of realism. Characters and situations not plausible. Certainly true but not necessarily strikes against the film. Extraordinary situations make for a gripping story. Implausible characters are legitimate if they serve as a path toward insight into real people.

2). Too formulaic. (this one I can't comprehend. Perhaps on a superficial level. I read one critic referred to something along the lines of there being a "interwoven stories of an alienated populace in Los Angeles" genre.

The most striking thing in this movie to me is the morally bipolar characters. Those characters who have a strong moral component alternately exhibit extreme good and extreme evil. None of the characters have the moral tenor of traditional dramatic characters- good guys, bad guys, bad guys with a streak of good, good guys who bend the rules, etc.

It doesn't seem obvious to me what this is trying to tell us about real people, but it does force us to look at people from a very different perspective than we have been taught and are accustomed to doing.

When I read that Ta Nehisi Coates loathed the movie, I knew that I had judged it correctly. This is not a film that will appeal to one dimensional minds.

Reviewed by davethemathtutor 10 / 10

A great movie

An all-star cast including Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillipe, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Larenz Tate, Don Cheadle, Michael Pena, Sandra Bullock, Keith David, William Fichtner, Tony Danza, and Brendan Fraser give performances ranging from excellent to searing in this ensemble meditation on racism in America.

The screenplay is intelligent, funny, tragic, gripping, and naturalistic, depicting lifelike characters who speak and act in believable ways; each is noble and ignoble by turns. Practically every character does something unexpected at some point, yet it's all not only convincing but illuminating.

The music, the cinematography, and the editing are all excellent. The screenplay is so intricately constructed that it really takes two consecutive viewings to comprehend it, as there are a good many details whose significance cannot be appreciated until further information is revealed. There are moments of laughter, moments of terror, and moments when you just can't help feeling love and pity for the whole struggling human race.

All in all: A great movie.

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